I don't know what prompted me to look at the security camera footage this morning; I usually don't log in unless I have a specific reason. So it was a bit of a surprise when I saw this:
Yes, that's a picture of a guy stealing packages off our front porch yesterday. From what I can determine, he was walking past on the sidewalk, noticed the packages, turned around and came back to snag them.
Then he went around to the alley. I got a better, semi-recognizable shot of him there:
What was stolen? A leather thimble for sashiko embroidery that I had ordered for myself, and a nice set of drill bits that was a birthday present for the Sergeant from his mom.
Happily, Amazon guarantees delivery, so they are reshipping both those things at no extra cost.
Sadly, the police do not, as a matter of policy, investigate package thefts. The officer who came to talk to me didn't know why, but thought it might have something to do with interstate commerce. He suggested I contact the local postmaster general.
Why do we have cameras? Ever since we joined NextDoor.com we hear about every package theft, car break-in, home burglary, etc. in the neighborhood. Plus the Sergeant is always paranoid that he forgot to close the garage door.
It's been useful in a few cases, particularly when we found out our dog sitter was being grossly negligent. And a few times when the garage door actually was left open. But in this case, they weren't much help at all.
Its is depressing to hear that the police aren't following up on the thieves. We could spread this man's image all over social media and see if anyone recognizes him. I can't imagine that he was thrilled with the contents of at least one of you packages.ReplyDelete